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of the bay state, massachusetts. mitt romney, our projected victor there as he is in the neighboring state of vermont. commonwealth of virginia, as well, in the romney column tonight. georgia was our first call of the night for native son, long time member of congress and house speaker newt gingrich. and then this, of course, is tonight's big prize. too close to call at this hour. this one could go late. the state of ohio, oklahoma, too early to call is the way we have it between santorum and romney. ditto, tennessee. too early to call. though you see the percentagewise, santorum with a big lead. so early on, and, again, some big ones yet to know, a good night in the romney column. let's check in at romney headquarters in boston. peter alexander with us from there tonight. hey, peter, good evening. >> reporter: hey, brian, good evening to you. you can hear the music blairbla here and the crowd has been shouting as each state goes up into the win column tonight. they recognize states win headlines, delegates win the nomination. that remains their focus over the course of this evening. they'
for the romney campaign. the remark a top adviser might wish he could take back. >>> mean season. the downside of early summer. why millions are suffering through this otherwise pleasant arrival of warm weather. >>> saints and sinners. tonight, the shot hurt around the world of sports. >>> and the boomtown. what is that shaking homes and nerves, keeping all the people up at night? the mystery in a small midwestern town. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they are driven by a social media campaign, by mainstream media coverage, by sadness, and just plain outrage at the thought that an innocent teenager was killed in cold blood outside of his father's home in florida. to show you the level of concern over this case in florida, this is a rally under way tonight here in new york. national attention has now come crashing down on the case of trayvon martin. he was 17 years old. he was encountered by a local neighborhood watch volunteer who unlike a lot of others in neighborhoods across this country, had a gun. he has not been arrested, and now that the feds and the media have swooped in on
, the biggest day so far in the republican presidential campaign. with contests in 11 states. mitt romney is coming off his latest victory in yesterday's washington state caucuses. nbc's peter alexander is on the trail in ohio. >> reporter: stumping across the south today, mitt romney is hammering home his business background, looking to take a decisive advantage in the republican race. >> the economy is what i do, it is what i know, it is what i've done. >> reporter: while rick santorum battles to regain momentum. >> this is a game of survival. we're doing as well as anybody in all of these races. >> reporter: with 11 contests this super tuesday, the symbolic prize remains the general election battleground of ohio. for the latest nbc news/marist poll shows romney gaining on santorum. their matchup now a statistical dead heat. because santorum failed to complete the required paperwork, he may not be eligible for more than a quarter of ohio's delegates. >> it is a tough state for us because of the fact that with the money disadvantage, but we're -- we have got a great grassroots campaign.
again, mitt romney is acting like a man cruising to the nomination with clear skies ahead. our political director chuck todd has a look at things on this day after. chuck, good evening. >> good evening, brian. for mitt romney, these primary days must feel like charlie brown and the football. he seems like he's on the verge of the nomination, a football gets yanked away by lucy. in this case lucy is rick santorum. it's math versus momentum. rick santorum hoping his southern sweep tuesday finally gives him a clean shot to be the chief conservative challenger. >> eventually people are going to figure out governor romney isn't going to be the nominee. >> i want to thank you. >> reporter: for mitt romney, tuesday turned out to be southern primary deju vu. he couldn't get 1/3 of the vote in the geographic heart and soul of the gop. his inability to win in the deep south is living a gaping hole in his geographic road map to the nomination. despite losing alabama and mississippi, romney can claim a numeric victory thanks to caucuses held in the middle of the pacific ocean. on hawaii and american
'll see you then. good night. battle for the south. big wins today for mitt romney and rick santorum. now it's an all out fight in the new gattle ground new battle ground on the trail. >>> trouble in paradise. massive floods, mud slides, hail, even a tornado. one of america's most popular vacation spots in a state of emergency. >>> bullying controversy. the powerful new movie aimed at kids and parents and a firestorm over its rating. >>> rock star. $10 million, 11 nights, 340 tons. tonight, the big move in l.a. >>> and check it out. one man's way to honor his mom, giving a whole new meaning to the neighborhood library. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. mitt romney and rick santorum went toe to toe again today, battling for delegates. this time in republican caucuses in kansas and wyoming. and once again, the results point to a long and uneven road to the nomination. tonight, nbc news declares santorum the winner by a comfortable 30%. and romney is the projected winner in wyoming and he won contests today in guam and the other u.s. territories. while this is i
tonight saying it would be huge for his campaign if he does. the fight against mitt romney has had punches flying up until the final bell. though not the biggest delegate prize of super tuesday. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you so much. >> reporter: ohio is considered the catch of the day. mitt romney went home to boston to vote after a solid week slugging it out toe to toe in ohio with rick santorum. >> it's great to be in the heart of ohio here in buckeye territory. that's a tough thing for a penn stater to say. >> reporter: a proven presidential battleground, 12 state elections picking the winner, victory in ohio can cast long-lasting signals. for romney, says one political expert, the stakes couldn't be higher. especially considering a possible southern surge in the next week for newt gingrich. >> the field is tilted for the rest of march in a santorum and/or gingrich direction. not in a romney direction. i think he has to have ohio. has to win ohio. >> reporter: romney is expected to perform best in ohio's urban and suburban areas. santorum in smaller, rural communities. each has
governor mitt romney. virginia, this is a bit of a surprise. gingrich and santorum aren't on the ballot. this is romney versus paul. the polls have closed. too early to call. this is the big one we're watching tonight. they are still voting in ohio. we'll have much more on that. we're back on the air for an hour at 10:00 eastern/9:00 central. on the west coast, a special time, 8:00 p.m. more from new york. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> now we welcome the rest of you joining us as usual for "nbc nightly news." we had to share the election results with the rest of the country. as you heard, we have our first result, our projected winner in from georgia. but in all tonight, 11 states, 424 delegates at stake. there you see tonight's battleground. we want to start off with our own kelly o'donnell. she is in georgia tonight, covering again what has become our first projected result. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. there was a shriek that filled the room when the race was called for newt gingrich. he has said on the road today he expected it to be a w
tuesday did anything but. tonight, what the romney campaign is saying about that nomination. >>> frozen in time. nearly a year after the nuclear disaster, an exclusive visit to the dead zone in japan. richard engel is just back with a rare firsthand look at what's left. >>> second chance, the incredible story of a mother of three who was dying of melanoma and is now alive and well. what her doctors did for her that could turn out to be a turning point for others. >>> the end zone. an emotional farewell for a beloved champion. a question now, is the game over? >>> and the coming solar storm. racing toward earth at 4 million miles an hour and what could happen when it gets here overnight. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if anybody was looking for super tuesday to simplify the gop race for the nomination, if mitt romney was hoping to use super tuesday to clinch the nomination, it didn't happen. four candidates went into last night's primaries. today four candidates woke up and went on. after another late night, this race goes on. i
, the romney campaign chose massachusetts. that's the state where romney served as governor and the one state where advisers say they're certain they're going to win tomorrow. with a fierce tug of war atop the republican field, mitt romney and rick santorum are making their final pitches on the eve of super tuesday. it could alter the course of this campaign. >> give me your vote tomorrow, get out and vote. >> reporter: at stake, 11 states and 424 delegates, more than any other single day all primary season. the most heavily sought-after prize, the general election battleground of ohio where santorum is appealing to the state's blue-collar base, again today attacking moum romney's health care overhaul in massachusetts. >> he recommended president obama that he adopt romneycare as the template for obamacare. and guess what? they did. >> reporter: and at a town hall in youngstown, romney faced supporters -- >> i need an emphatic yes from you that you will repeal obamacare. >> why would i not? there's no -- >> reporter: in a campaign season consistent perhaps only for its inconsistency, with a s
evening in our never ending political season. nbc's peter alexander is with the romney campaign on the trail in schaumburg. peter, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. mitt romney is expected to win here in illinois, a state with a lot of moderate republicans. to give you a sense of the dilemma facing republicans here and across the country in this drawn out republican primary campaign season, consider what with bob michaels, a retired veteran house leader from peoria, told me just this week. he's supporting romney, but he worries he's not a very exciting candidate who can rally republicans behind him. and he may be missing, what he calls that magical spark. romney still has been trying to cast himself this week as the presumptive nominee, focusing his attacks almost exclusively on the president. in fact, just yesterday at a speech at the university of chicago, where president obama taught, he attacked the president 12 times by name in less than 18 minutes. brian? >> peter alexander on the campaign trail tonight. peter, thanks. >>> one issue that's been percola
competitors, mitt romney today attacked the obama administration on rising gas prices. >> we got to get them out and get people in who will bring down the cost of gasoline. >> reporter: with his approval rating slipping, president obama recently defended his record on energy and accused his challengers of oversimplifying a complex problem. while romney argues for more drilling in the u.s., the obama campaign insists global factors are driving up the price of gas. >> they start acting like we got a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever. if you just elect us. every time. been the same script for 30 years. >> reporter: four years ago, then candidate obama used higher gas prices as an election year weapon. >> after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another. >> reporter: this week, in illinois, romney faces another battle with rick santorum. >> if we're able to come out of illinois with a huge or surprise win, i guarantee you, i guarantee you that we will win this nomination. >> reporter: this marathon campaign has led to increased talk that the nomination fight
are whip sawing the president over the war. mitt romney says obama has not defined the mission, but then goes on to describe goals virtually identical to the president's. newt gingrich now says accomplishing the goals may not be doable, that we should leave fairly soon, that's a quote. the difference, of course, is it's a lot easier to take shots on the jo it side than be commander-in-chief while you're also running for re-election. brian? >> it's clear, it's all in play. thanks. >>> now to presidential politics. and primary day in alabama and mississippi. both races have been seen as close three-way calls between mitt romney, rick santorum and newt gingrich. nbc's kelly o'donnell is with us from lafayette, louisiana, where the santorum campaign is tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the ballroom is filling up, waiting to hear from rick santorum tonight. the polls have closed in alabama and mississippi. the vote counting begins but it's still too early to make any call in this race. today was an important day for those candidates who spread out in ve
and michigan. mitt romney swept both. big win in arizona. more of a narrow escape in his home state of michigan, where he had a rough fight. in fact, it was so close, romney did not win the majority of delegates. we are joined by our political director chuck todd in washington. is it still a win if they are going to divvy up the delegates? >> reporter: welcome to the battle for the nomination as many folks remember four years ago. it doesn't matter who wins states, it matters who acquires these delegates. interesting thing on santorum, he won. he didn't win michigan, yet he won more delegates out of michigan than he had in all the other states he won combined. technically hadn't gotten any delegates. that's what's going on. today you saw mitt romney went on to ohio. that's the next big test that is going to happen in a week from now. romney feeling better simply by winning because now it avoids all this talk of republicans in washington finding somebody else. for santorum and newt gingrich, the pressure is on to win big on super tuesday. there will be twice as many delegates as have been availa
and mitt romney showed their dramatically different styles. ron mott has the latest for us tonight. >> reporter: if they were movies rick santorum's campaign might be the low key independent breakout. while mitt romney's cast a look of a big-studio blockbuster. fireworks and all. differences in tone and budget that santorum noted at an event today in missouri with signs of romney everywhere. >> and money isn't going to buy this election. vision and character and authenticity and trust are going to win in this election. reporter: from the now famous sweater vest to the st. patrick's day pint, santorum continues to captivate blue collar conservatives. he pledged to clean up what he called america's pornography pandemic. today, he told voters in illinois he'd win the nomination if they give him a win in tuesday's primary. for his part, mitt romney sought to stoke his campaign with a high energy swing through puerto rico. in the wake of primary losses this week in the deep south to santorum. >> we came here to speak. we learned more by listening. >> reporter: in courting the vote ahead
waiting ing ting to see we primary there. mitt romney was on the defensive. and as brian moore reports, every delegate counts. >> reporter: as puerto rico held its sunday presidential primary, mitt romney and rick santorum were fighting for delegates and momentum. romney was on the ground in tuesday's battleground, illinois, and attacking president obama in his own backyard. >> he's an economic lightweight. and he's made decision it is a have hurt the american people. it's time to put in place an economic heavy weight, and i will get it done. >> reporter: santorum is hoping to hit another home run by focusing on social issues. >> liberty, marriage and the family, and life. they are at the core. they can't be ignored. >> santorum, newt gingrich, and ron paul are trying to drag out the fight and keep romney from winning enough delegates to nail down the nomination. >> we're only at halftime. this process is going to play itself out. we will have a nominee, i think, fairly soon. >> reporter: but the tampa convention may not turn out to be a coronation. republicans are already preparing fo
, in the crucial state of illinois. mitt romney, rick santorum, were both barnstorming there today because every delegate counts. it was romney who made news first today on the economy. andrea mitchell with us tonight from our d.c. news room. good evening. >> good evening, brian. mitt romney is hoping to get most of the 54 delegates up for grabs in illinois tomorrow where rick santorum didn't even file slates in four districts. romney did get some attention when he acknowledged the economy is improving, but then santorum also raised eyebrows by saying he's not concerned with unemployment. his point being government shouldn't be in the business of creating jobs. and santorum was also asked today about a louisiana pastor who introduced him outside of baton rouge with fiery words. >> if you don't love america, you don't like the way we do things, i got one thing to say. get out! i said we don't worship voodoo, we don't worship mohammed. we don't worship allah. we worship god, god's son jesus christ. >> this afternoon, santorum responded. >> i think i made that pretty clear throughout my campaign, t
romney spoke in the native tongue in mississippi. >> i got started today with a biscuit and cheesy grits. >> reporter: romney called competing here a bit of an away game. knocking president obama won him a hearty round of applause. >> if someone is looking for things the president has done wrong, it is a long, long, long list. this president has not succeeded, he has failed. that's the reason we're getting rid of him in 2012. >> reporter: romney may still be judged as the outsider of the field. up against a southerner, newt gingrich, and rick santorum, whose social conservative platform appears tailor made. gingrich charging ahead despite calls to quit. >> i want to break out of all of the garbage that has become modern politics. i want to get back to talking about the things that have made america remarkable, not the negative ads. >> reporter: the former speaker's campaign positioned mississippi and alabama as possible last stands. now says again he's going all the way to the convention. >> we could have a big win tomorrow in kansas. what do you think? >> reporter: meantime, rick santor
-runner mitt romney is expected to face a tougher crowd. nbc's ron mott reports tonight from mobile, alabama. >> reporter: newt gingrich rolled into alabama, high gas prices in mind, hoping to pump new momentum back in his campaign while on familiar ground, the deep south, relaxed enough for a public dance with wife callista. >> like obama, gingrich supported individual health insurance mandates -- >> reporter: but amid growing calls to get out of the race, both by a pro-rick santorum super pac -- >> who can win? rick santorum. >> reporter: -- and just today by a surrogate who helped gingrich win south carolina, the former speaker appears to be digging in for the long haul. >> despite the many requests by the washington establishment, i am staying in this race. >> reporter: gingrich, however, canceled a planned trip to kansas, which caucuses this weekend. >> mississippi really matters next tuesday. >> reporter: to focus on mississippi and alabama's primaries next tuesday. while gingrich touts $2.50 a gallon gas, republican voters in this heavily evangelical region of the country may be looki
the politics here. mitt romney says obama has not defined the mission, but then goes on to describe goals virtually identical to the president's. gingrich says we should leave fairly soon, that's a quote. the difference, of course, is it's a lot easier to take shots on the jo it side than be commander-in-chief while you're also run running for re-election. brian? >> it's clear, it's all in play. thanks. >>. >> now to presidential politics. and primary day in alabama and mississippi. both races have been seen as close three-way calls between mitt romney, rick santorum and newt gingrich. nbc's kelly o'donnell is with us from lafayette, louisiana, where the santorum campaign is. kelly, good evening. >> good evening, brian. well, republican voters in the deep south are getting a lot more attention and more chance to have a real influence on choosing the nominee than in primary seasons past for years. and there's also a sort of quality of a cliffhanger with all of this, because tonight, it appears that those top candidates are in a tight race. >> what's going on in missouri today? >> reporter:
poll shows mitt romney leadinging rick santorum ahead of tuesday's primary. though it's not all good news for the former massachusetts governor. ron mott is on the trail for us tonight in wisconsin. ♪ >> reporter: looking ever more like a republican party's leading man again, mitt romney's performance is also sounding more like a starring role. >> this is an election not just about a person. not even about a party. it's about a vision of america. >> reporter: today, at a forum near milwaukee, romney, rick santorum and newt gingrich all spoke. former massachusetts governor ignored his gop competitors, instead, sending zingers toward obama. >> the president says he wants to transform america. i don't want to transform america. i want to restore the principles that made us the hope of the earth and together, we're going to do that on tuesday and every day until we get back spoot white house. >> reporter: romney appears to be calibrating for the general election and a victory on tuesday could be seen as the effective end of the primary race. he's ahead in the polls. the latest marist p
never ending political season. nbc's peter alexander is withed romney campaign on the trail in illinois. good evening. >> reporter: a state with a lot of moderate republicans, mitt romney is expected to win. to give you a sense of the dilemma facing republicans here and across the country, consider what bob michael, a retired veteran house leader from peoria told me just this week. he's supporting romney, but he worries heels not a very exciting candidate who can rally republicans behind him. he is missing that magical spark. romney is trying to cast himself as the presumptive nominee, focusing his attacks almost exclusively on the president. yesterday at a speech at the university of chicago, where president obama taught, he attacked the president 12 times by name in less than 18 minutes. brian? >> peter alexander on the campaign trail tonight. thanks. >>> one issue that's been percolating through this presidential primary season, a push to limit women's access to contraceptives and abortion and it has some wondering how it might affect the general election. our report from andrea mitc
romney have all been running hard, trying to connect with the region's conservative voters. tomorrow's balloting could change the dynamics of the race yet again. >> it's like groundhog day. it's like every week it's a new election. >> reporter: in birmingham, voters say these east coast based candidates aren't generating much excitement. nita perry is voting for gingrich but without enthusiasm. >> it sounds like they're saying just what we want to hear. what they think we want to hear. >> reporter: andrew collins has owned lyric hot dogs and grill for nearly 40 years. he's undecided and uninspired. >> seems like when they start talking about grits and biscuits and gravy, seems like they kind of are talking up to us, not really knowing what they're saying. >> reporter: as in the rest of the country, it's a contest that's leaving people looking for something more. >> mathematically, this thing is about over, but emotionally it's not. >> reporter: now, both these states are likely to be solidly in the republican column come november, but tomorrow the outcome is up for grabs. the romney
or gingrich or others, although romney has hedged on this, who are happy to energize this debate by talk of religious freedom being infringed upon by president obama. that's their argument. that's their view. it's resonating on some voters. but what limbaugh did in going after this georgetown law student without a basis of fact in terms of what her testimony was, was to take it to a much more offensive level which is why i think he apologized if you read the statement. i think there are a lot of republicans who are worried this is "a," a fight that the republicans should not be having right now over contraception of all things which is a pretty much a settled matter in terms of access for women. not only is birth control but a matter of women's health, but he escalated it to the degree and there are female voters who are energized on the democratic side of this. >> let me get your thoughts on upcoming super tuesday. ohio is considered the big prize, but how important is it for santorum and romney to create some distance with ohio being key to that? >> it's a general election battleground
romney is taking the weekend off the campaign trail louisiana is heavily evangelical. today, 52% of the voters down there today said that they are evangelic evangelical. that's a big base of support for rick santorum. he has won ten states on that support. but here in the industrial heartland, he hasn't had the same support. he's waiting for his first win here. he chris crosses the badger state, looking to close the delegate deficit with mitt romney today. he joked that he would be okay if mitt romney dpe sided to quit the race, lester. >> thank you. white house senior adviser plouffe will be among david gregory's guests on "meet the press." >>> still to come, raising questions about widespread cheating in our schools. and later, the dog that's not only a little girl's constant companion, he's also her lifesaver. >>> the possibility of widespread cheating on achievement tests that are used to measure how well our kids are learning and overall success rates in school districts across the country. a report out tonight builds on the paper's earlier investigation of of that city's s
: mitt romney spoke in the native tongue this morning in mississippi. >> i got the morning off with cheesy biscuits and grits. delicious. >> reporter: it was a bit of an away game, knocking president obama, however, won him a hearty round of applause. if someone's looking for things that the president's done wrong it's a long, long, long list. this president has not succeeded this president has failed and that's the reason we're going get rid of him in 2012. >> reporter: yet for all of the effort to appeal to locals, romney may still be judged as the outsider of the field. he's up against a southerner, newt gingrich and rick santorum whose social conservative platform seems tailor made for the evangelical voting base. gingrich charging ahead went after the negative tone of the republican battle. >> i want to break out of all of the garbage that has become modern politics. i want to get back to talking about the things that have made america remarkable, not the negative ads. >> reporter: the former speaker's campaign can't position mississippi and alabama as possible last stands
, thanks. >>> on the campaign trail, mitt romney has picked up a couple highly coveted endorsements in the last 24 hours. he flew to houston to accept the backing of former president george h.w. bush. he voiced his support for romney last fall, and last night, he picked up the backing of florida senator marco rubio who has been widely touted as a potential vp pick. >>> still ahead as "nightly news" continues, "bully" a new film, a shocking, in-your-face look at what is happening to kids these days. they live it. should they be allowed to see it? >>> and later, an american original. you may not know his name, but you do know his music. >>> there's a new film debuting that you may have heard a lot about, but it won't prepare you for the experience of seeing it. it's called "bully" and it depicts the impact of school bullying on the kids who are traumatized by it in a way we have never seen. some of the controversy surrounding this documentary has to deal with the graphic and offensive language that is part of the sorie, including some of it in our report from nbc's kate snow. >> every
santorum was the winner by a wide margin over mitt romney. he plans to continue his campaign and fight on even though he trails romney in delegates by a margin of more than 2-1. >>> as expected "the hunger games" swallowed the competition at the box office taking in a whopping $15 million. that's the third highest u.s. opening of all time and the highest ever for a nonsequel. the only movies that earned more the opening weekends, harry pot arer finale and the batman sequel "dark knight". >>> a big win for tiger woods in old orlando. he won the arn ald palmer invitational, his first victory on the pga tour in 2 1/2 years and the seventh time woods has won this tournament. >>> when we come back here tonight, mad men and women, then and now. ♪ >>> finally tonight, that music you hear is sheer joy to millions of "man men" fans. the award winning show about a madison avenue ad agency in the '60s returns tonight after 17 months off the air. the show is so popular it's a source of inspiration at ad agencies today, which don draper and company would hardly recognize. here's nbc's michelle fr
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